FASTtrack: Pharmacology, 2nd edn by Michael D. Randall, David A. Kendall, Stephen PH Alexander. Published by Pharmacology Press, London, 2012. 288 pp, paperback price £22.99, ISBN: 978 0 85711 057 2
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2013
© 2012 The Author. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology © 2012 The British Pharmacological Society
British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Volume 75, Issue 2, page 573, February 2013
How to Cite
Page, C. (2013), FASTtrack: Pharmacology, 2nd edn by Michael D. Randall, David A. Kendall, Stephen PH Alexander. Published by Pharmacology Press, London, 2012. 288 pp, paperback price £22.99, ISBN: 978 0 85711 057 2. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 75: 573. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2125.2012.04371.x
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 3 JUL 2012 09:30AM EST
- Manuscript Received: 27 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 JUN 2012
This Second Edition of Pharmacology is part of the ‘FASTtrack’ Series created as revision aides for pharmacy undergraduates and pre-registration students. The book provides good basic knowledge of pharmacology and is well organized, with sections on principles, followed by sections on the drugs used to treat different therapeutic areas. Each chapter has a section on mechanism of action of the major classes of drugs and the clinically relevant adverse effects of each drug class, followed by self assessment MCQs. Overall the authors have generally obtained a good balance of core information that is accessible, without it being a textbook in disguise! Nonetheless, I felt for pharmacy students, there was perhaps too much detail on quantitative pharmacology and perhaps insufficient coverage of safety pharmacology and drug metabolism. Surprisingly, given that this book is aimed at pharmacy students, there was very little information on drug formulations and drug delivery and how they impact on pharmacology. The only real criticism of the book would be that the two tone diagrams are in colours that make some of the diagrams difficult to read.
Whilst this book is aimed primarily at pharmacists, I am sure it would also be of value as a revision aid for medical students. In fact, my own daughter who is a 4th year medical student said she would buy it, an endorsement indeed!